Excerpt: Serious amatuer photographers on a budget will love this lens. Great photos are captured with its f/1.8 aperature. Great for cropped-sensor cameras, it takes stunning portraits, and its fixed focal length is a winner for those days when you need to carry light for your street photography outings. It boasts a super smooth (and quiet) autofocus. While it doesn't affect the performance of this lens whatsoever, it doesn't come with a lens hood.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fixed Focal Length, Great portraits, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Quiet Smooth Autofocus
Summary: love it love the price love almost everything if it had a little more build quality ..such as metal mounting plate to the camera body it wouldn't seem so gimicky that said its a great lens at a great price and im very happy with it the focus motor seems a little noisey but most times i have it in manual hope this helps you make your mind up
Summary: Love the lens and love the quality of the pictures. I am no way a professional so I won't get into specifics other than I have gotten better pictures with this lens than with the stock on my Sony a65. I would give it a 4.5 if I could and I almost want to go for the 5 because my only complaint may very well be my mistake.
Excerpt: I decided to wait a few weeks and put the lens through projects requiring a 50mm lens. I was completely impressed with the capabilities of this lens in relation to the price. It delivered crisp tack sharp images over and over without requiring minute adjusting on my part. <br />I have read other reviews if this lens where the reviewed complained that is was "plastic" feeling.<br />It doesn't matter how it feels, it matters how it delivers image quality.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Summary: Loving this lens, attached to my alpha 65 it autofocuses quickly and accurately and just takes amazing sharp pictures with that "pop" you get with the defocus of a 50mm, I rate it down one star for being a plastic fantastic, although it is an amazing lens for >$250. Would buy again for sure.